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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #9 of 142 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited this late in the afternoon and were practically the only people there. Lovely art work, lovely space.

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I took my kids to the National Gallery of Canada when we were in Ottawa for the weekend .I really liked the glass structure of the building and the plentiful natural light. The exhibits of Inuit and First Nations are were quite striking.

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Kuujjuarapik, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Art, Art, Art. I visited 2x during the week. It's a wonderful building, very peaceful, and not as many families and kids (which is one of the reasons why I loved it). One of the cheaper museums (12/adult, 16 to see their special summer exhibit, Dore). The cafeteria is probably the best one out of all the museums in the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were stunned by the works in the National Gallery - and not in a good way. While some pieces reflected good taste and artistic merit, they were far too few and were overshadowed by the trash that is posing as art. Curiously, the majority of the fine pieces appear to have been donated, while the junk that posed as... More

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Victoria, British Columbia
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were super impressed by the architecture of this building. Easy access for everyone, great exhibits and a normally priced cafeteria.

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ottawa, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you happen to be in Ottawa, you should not miss this extraordinary exhibition of the illustrations, paintings, sculptures and watercolours of this amazing artist. Famous for his illustrations of the Bible, Dante's Divine Comedy, Cervantes Don Quizote, Milton's Paradise Lost and other classics, I was expecting to see mostly small scale originals of Dore's works. I was utterly amazed... More

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Kemptville, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Both the building and its collection are well worth a visit. See their web site http://www.gallery.ca/en/visit/hours.php for hours and prices. There is Free General Admission Every Thursday evening 5-8 pm . The food in the cafeteria is good and reasonably priced.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

fantastic for the whole family. The building and exhibits will take your breath away. The food is okay at the little restaurant, so avoid it unless you are in a pinch. Great interactivity for the kids, we took part as well, great fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I went along on Thursday evening when they are open late, to find it was also free entrance for the evening. I had a very interesting 2 hours walking around the paintings, sculptures and exhibits. This is well worth a visit, everything is well laid out and well lit, and there is plenty of room if you want to stop... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Spend more time than i should and we enjoyed ourselves at the gallery. One should not attempt to complete this in less than 3 hours.

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